Help identify former American soliders

Dorset Echo:

11:38am Tuesday 14th October 2014

WAR veteran John Bowditch has shared these photos with Looking Back of a trip to France earlier this year.

Even more Sidney Hall school day memories

Dorset Echo:

11:34am Tuesday 14th October 2014

LITTLE did we know the reaction we would get when we started asking for your memories of the Sidney Hall in Weymouth.

Golden times at wartime American servicemen's club

Dorset Echo:

11:00am Tuesday 7th October 2014

DAWN Gould got in touch with Looking Back after we appealed for information about the wartime American servicemen’s club, known as the Red Cross club, in Weymouth.

Remembering boxing tournaments at popular venue

Dorset Echo:

11:00am Tuesday 7th October 2014

WE’VE been overwhelmed by readers’ contributions to our series of stories on the Sidney Hall in Weymouth.

Author recounts tales of war campaigns

Dorset Echo: Dorset web button

11:01am Tuesday 7th October 2014

WYKE Regis Library is presenting Off to War! in All Saints Church, Wyke Regis, on Sunday, October 19 at 2pm.

Remembering school life at Sidney Hall

Dorset Echo:

12:00pm Tuesday 30th September 2014

WE’VE got some more memories this week of life at the Sidney Hall when it was used as a Weymouth school.

American connection

Dorset Echo:

11:33am Tuesday 23rd September 2014

AN INTERESTING connection between Weymouth and the US has been brought to our attention.

Memories of the old Sidney Hall

Dorset Echo:

11:29am Tuesday 23rd September 2014

IN recent weeks we’ve looked back at the history of the Sidney Hall in Weymouth, once in Newstead Road, where the Asda supermarket now stands.

A town united by warships disaster

Dorset Echo:

11:25am Tuesday 23rd September 2014

ALAN Burt got in touch with Looking Back to thank us for carrying the story of his grandfather Ted Burt’s battle to survive as a prisoner of the Turks during the First World War.

Navy stoker died during Great War

Dorset Echo:

10:11am Tuesday 16th September 2014

THANKS to Maureen Caswell for getting in touch with us after we asked for the relatives of Weymouth’s First World War Navy dead to come forward.

Do you recognise the mystery soldier?

Dorset Echo:

10:10am Tuesday 16th September 2014

THE search is on to find a man from the above photo in the hope that he can attend the launch of a book documenting the story of the Dorset Regiment.

Trooper survived Turkish prison

Dorset Echo:

10:03am Tuesday 16th September 2014

OUR Looking Back specials on seafarers and soldiers who lost their lives in the First World War have provoked a strong response from readers.

Child's postcard reveals humour in the midst of a global conflict

Dorset Echo:

3:00pm Tuesday 26th August 2014

THANKS to the Army Children Archive for sharing this First World War postcard with Looking Back.

The horrors of dying as a prisoner of the Turks are revealed by Weymouth historian

Dorset Echo:

3:00pm Tuesday 26th August 2014

FOLLOWING our article on the Battle of Mesopotamia – Weymouth historian Greg Schofield suggested we put the spotlight on the Weymouth men involved in that campaign which saw the Army record some of its heaviest losses.

SS Kyarra was sunk by a U-boat before she collected collected her troop ‘cargo’

Dorset Echo:

3:00pm Tuesday 26th August 2014

HERE are some more photos of the SS Kyarra, which was sunk off the Dorset coast on the morning of May 26, 1918.

Grandad the hero

Dorset Echo:

2:00pm Tuesday 19th August 2014

But where are the relatives of his friend George Whitfield?

Weymouth Carnival - resort's big day

Dorset Echo:

2:00pm Tuesday 19th August 2014

TOMORROW is one of Weymouth’s biggest days of the year.

Founding of estate

Dorset Echo:

2:00pm Tuesday 19th August 2014

THE village of Briantspuddle is hosting a centenary exhibition celebrating the founding of the Bladen Estate and its legacy. It runs until Saturday, August 23 and celebrates the founding of the Bladen Estate, pictured above.

Kay’s along for the ride with new book

Dorset Echo:

12:55pm Tuesday 12th August 2014

AUTHOR and historian Kay Townsend has written a book about the most popular ride ever made.

Real life War Horse tale

Dorset Echo:

1:00pm Tuesday 5th August 2014

IN REMEMBERING the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the Great War this week, much has been written and spoken of the devastation caused by the conflict.

Humble tales of a deadly war unveiled in World War One veteran's diary

Dorset Echo:

11:01am Wednesday 30th July 2014

THE horrors of war have been documented in the First World War diary of an ambulance worker.

Veteran Cliff Guard remembers: 'D-Day was like hell'

Dorset Echo:

11:58am Tuesday 29th July 2014

A HERO from the US Army who left Weymouth to take part in the Normandy landings has made what he thinks will be his last journey to the resort to remember his fallen comrades.

War hero was the Pride of Owermoigne

Dorset Echo:

10:30am Tuesday 22nd July 2014

A BLUE Badge guide has pieced together the wartime story of his courageous father.

Can you name the year this Rose Queen was crowned?

Dorset Echo:

10:22am Tuesday 22nd July 2014

AN appeal in Looking Back from three years ago has resulted in us receiving this picture, left, from Jess Hartshorne of Chickerell.

Memories of great uncle who fought in First World War

Dorset Echo:

10:20am Tuesday 22nd July 2014

THANKS to Rob White for sharing these photographs with the Looking Back pages.

Times of poverty and benevolence in Dorchester

Dorset Echo: n Blandford in 1790. An engraving by W. Birch from a painting by the famous caricaturist Thomas Rowlandson Picture courtesy of the Dorset History Centre

2:00pm Thursday 17th July 2014

IN today’s Looking Back we’re going back a bit further than usual to the 19th century.

Pilot's bracelet given to woman who cooked him Sunday lunch

Dorset Echo:

11:00am Tuesday 15th July 2014

A SILVER bracelet left with a Dorset couple by an American Second World War pilot has been rediscovered.

Fleet School class of 1914

Dorset Echo:

11:00am Tuesday 15th July 2014

THANKS to Mick Muncaster who pointed out that last week’s photo in Looking Back of Fleet School in 1914 also featured in Chickerell’s magazine.

Centenary of the Bladen Estate

Dorset Echo:

11:00am Tuesday 15th July 2014

PEOPLE can take a trip down memory lane and view an exhibition of Briantspuddle’s past.

Saturday Sports Club to fold

Dorset Echo:

11:00am Tuesday 15th July 2014

AFTER 27 years a sports club for youngsters is coming to an end.

A very fast trip down memory lane with Terra

Dorset Echo:

12:09pm Tuesday 8th July 2014

IT’s time to take another trip down memory lane and take a look at Dorset’s more recent past.

Players meet rugby legend

Dorset Echo:

12:04pm Tuesday 8th July 2014

Continuing our sporty theme in today’s Looking Back, can anyone help us solve the mystery of this photo?

Can you name any of these children of Fleet School, 1914?

Dorset Echo:

11:59am Tuesday 8th July 2014

Can any Looking Back readers help Richie and Saira Sawtell put faces to the names of these youngsters from Fleet School near Weymouth in 1914?

Remembering them for eternity

Dorset Echo:

11:54am Tuesday 8th July 2014

Weymouth historian Greg Schofield took the opportunity to find out more about some of the 47 men from Weymouth who lost their lives fighting the Ottoman Empire.

Memories of former Portland Territorial Army member

Dorset Echo: Dorset web button

2:00pm Tuesday 1st July 2014

JACK Sansom of Portland got in touch with Looking Back to say that he remembers Harry Parsons of the Portland Territorial Army.

Helping to unite distant family members

Dorset Echo: Dorset web button

2:00pm Tuesday 1st July 2014

THE Looking Back pages have achieved a lot over the years, but uniting distant family members must be a first.

Schoolfriends recreate promenade photo from 1963

Dorset Echo: THEN...: From left, Geoff Shaw, Richard Cousins and Ian Jeffrey

2:00pm Tuesday 1st July 2014

FORMER Thomas Hardye students from the 1960s met up for the first time in 50 years to recreate a photo taken on Weymouth promenade in 1963.

Images of Weymouth from a bygone age

Dorset Echo: VINTAGE: Coombe Valley Road looking out towards Portland

2:00pm Tuesday 1st July 2014

THANKS to Looking Back reader Geoff Pritchard for some more pictures looking at the Weymouth of yesteryear.

Young bookworms select their favourite stories for awards

Dorset Echo: TALENT: The youngsters with their awards

12:00pm Tuesday 24th June 2014

YOUNG readers have voted for their favourite stories in this year’s New Horizons Book Award.

Ron goes on record with historic music

Dorset Echo: Ron Beasley  with some of his records

11:27am Tuesday 24th June 2014

AFTER reading an article on World Record Day in the Dorset Echo, regular Looking Back contributor Ron Beasley got in touch with us to tell us about his record collection, dating back to the 1940s, writes Joanna Davis.

Looking for history of the Climo family

Dorset Echo: Dorset web button

11:26am Tuesday 24th June 2014

LOOKING Back reader Frank Houghton, 95, is calling for some help from Looking Back readers.

Veteran who served in two World Wars kept some unusual mementos

Dorset Echo: June Fish with the swastika flag

11:23am Tuesday 24th June 2014

LOOKING Back reader June Fish has dug out some rare and rather unusual treasures from her loft.

New website to celebrate 175th anniversary of county hospital

Dorset Echo: Exterior of the hospital in 1921

2:29pm Tuesday 17th June 2014

A NEW website has been set up ahead of Dorset County Hospital’s 175th anniversary next year.

Kaiser welcomed to estate

Dorset Echo: Crichel House beyond the lake

1:00pm Tuesday 3rd June 2014

THE Dorset History Centre has shared some memories with us of the last German emperor’s medicinal visit to Dorset.

My day out at the seaside in 1935

Dorset Echo: The Dorchester Sunday School outing to a windswept Weymouth in 1935.

1:00pm Tuesday 3rd June 2014

A DORCHESTER resident had a surprise when she opened up the Dorset Echo to come face to face with her 12-year-old self.

Mark Frowde, a true footballing legend

Dorset Echo: Mark Frowde

10:29am Tuesday 3rd June 2014

LOOKING Back sparked a series of letters, emails and phone calls when we recently asked for more information on the Mark Frowde Cup, a football tournament often won by Weymouth Central Boys’ School in Westham.

Mystery solved of Mark Frowde cup winners

Dorset Echo: County Cup team from Ferndown Upper School

12:30pm Tuesday 27th May 2014

JUST when I thought Looking Back readers couldn’t surprise me further – they’ve done it again.

Arctic explorer is remembered by his widow

Dorset Echo: Stephen Williams

12:30pm Tuesday 27th May 2014

THE Wyke Regis widow of explorer Stephen Williams has shared some memories of her husband of 50 years.

Help to solve mystery of the missing Mark Frowde trophy

Dorset Echo: SCHOOL DAYS: Top, teacher Bill Stuckey, right, with Central Boys’ School pupils in 1938

11:00am Tuesday 20th May 2014

THANKS to Lois Rule, who got in touch to say that her late husband George is pictured as a 14-year-old in the 1938 photo we published of the Weymouth Central Boys’ School in last week’s Looking Back.

Can you name the mystery sailor?

Dorset Echo: HELP: The sailors, right

11:00am Tuesday 20th May 2014

SOME progress has been made after an appeal last year in Looking Back to identify four sailors who served on HMS Genista.


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